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Shears Most families had a few sheep. They were kept for their meat but most importantly, they were kept for the wool. The sheep were sheared every spring before being put out to summer pasture on the skerries. In the autumn, when the sheep were brought back to the farm, the procedure was repeated. Shearing sheep without injuring the animals required both strength and skill. Brinken Museum

Clothes pegs Clothes pegs were used to hang the clean laundry up to dry. The clothes pegs were home-made and carved out of wood. Every spring and autumn, a larger amount of laundry was done. Sometimes there was so much clean laundry to hang up to dry that more clothes pegs had to be borrowed from the neighbour. Brinken Museum

Washing board A washing board is a wooden board, strongly ribbed on one side. The ribs were sometimes made of metal or glass. The laundry was washed by vigorously rubbing it against the ribs of the washing board, which was placed together with the soaking laundry in the laundry tub. Granösund Fishing Museum

Laundry tub The laundry tub was made of hoop-bound wooden staves, utilising the same technique used for instance when making barrels. The laundry was put into the laundry tub, soaked in washing water and rubbed hard against the washing board, which stood in the tub. Granösund Fishing Museum

Carpentry workshop Work benches and different tools needed for woodwork, e.g. saws, were kept in the carpentry workshop. In the winter, the workshop was little more than a tool-shed. The actual work was done in the cottage, where it was warm. The workshop in the picture was originally built in the village of Södra Vallgrund

Food-shed and woodshed Foodstuff was stored in the food-shed. The firewood needed to keep the cottage warm all through the winter was kept in the woodshed. Firewood was also needed for cooking, all year round. The food-shed was originally built in the village of Norra Vallgrund.

Cottage The cottage in the picture – originally a mid-1800's fisherman's cottage from the village of Björkö – consists of a larger room and a small sleeping chamber. Buildings were sometimes moved from one location to another, if the owner felt that the buildings were better needed elsewhere. This cottage, too, has stood in different places in the village. At one point, it was used by an elderly couple, whose son had taken over the farm together with his family. The elderly couple had the right to use and enjoy the cottage for the remainder of their days. The last inhabitant of the cottage was called Anttos Mari. Her real name was Maria Karolina Håkans and she was born in 1877. She lived in the cottage from the 1930's until her death in 1956.

Granary The granary was used to store grain. The attic of the granary ‒ the loft ‒ held two small chambers, which were used as bedrooms in the summer. Since the cottage itself – the family home – was quite small, it was usual for the youngsters of the family to move out for the summer and sleep in the attic of the granary or some other outbuilding. The granary in the picture comes from the village of Norra Vallgrund.

Cow-shed The cow-shed is where the cows were kept. A family had perhaps only one or two cows, and the cow-shed could therefore be quite small. Note the thatched roof, made of water reed! Water reed was quite commonly used as a roof material because it was readily available, inexpensive and durable. The cow-shed in the picture was originally built on the farm of Sven Back in the village of Södra Vallgrund.

Well The well provided both the family and the farm animals with drinking water. The well was a dangerous place. It was quite deep; so deep, in fact, that it was virtually impossible to rescue anyone who fell in it. Children were therefore warned to stay away from the well. They were told of supernatural creatures – the evil spirit of the well – which would lure children venturing too close down into its depths.

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